May 18, 2008

Pope Calls Converting Others Inalienable Right of Catholics

During a speech yesterday at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Roman Catholic Church has both the right and the duty to convert any person to Christianity - and not just Christianity but Catholicism. Let that sink in for a minute...

According to the Pope, the primary mission of his church is evangelism.
The appeal for the conversion of "all nations," attributed to Jesus Christ in the Gospels, remains "an obligatory mandate for the entire Church and for every believer in Christ," the pontiff said.
Okay, so he wants to convert you, but wait a second. What about this notion that his church has the right to do so? Doesn't that conjure up images of the Inquisition?
"This apostolic commitment is both a duty and an inalienable right, the very expression of religious freedom with its moral, social and political dimensions," he said.
So much for religious pluralism. According to the Pope, all Catholics have the responsibility of converting non-Catholics to Catholicism, and this includes non-Catholic Christians. I don't think John Hagee is going to like this one bit.

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